The Eleventh Ghastly Tale

by Topher Holland

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1.
The distance feels like miles, and I've never felt that For future reference these are misused tissues A wicked manifestation materialized And arrested the one, for sure Chorus To idolize your idle eyes feels like winter All shook up it's for the best, it seems like that way I will meet you somewhere in-between I know best I feel it in my gut and I know you do too So banish the demon from whence it came A coagulation of passion ends in over compensation Confusion rules the day
2.
04:28
I've been drinking coffee now for 16 hours straight My brain is slowly losing all of it's flow rate And I've been grasping at the thoughts At which I used to have And I've been sucking out the useless, like a zombie I've been had A smile I have from ear to ear and my conversation's in the constellation tonight Chorus I am trying to let you do the talking (I'm twitching like a mother fucker maybe I should go and take a walk) I feel like anything is possible (1 cup, 2 cup, 3 cup 4) I've seen my dreams, they're oh so real As I take another sniff they become a bigger deal And I've been thinking leaving town with a stick and handkerchief And I will go and seek my fortune in the circus throwing knives A smile I have from ear to ear and my conversation's in the constellation tonight
3.
I have known all along since I was a little boy So insignificant yet coy Anxiety is starting to set in Now I am way past ripe please let me in Maybe it's something I am doing wrong All I know is to do Chorus For Gods sake, the best is yet to come Go ahead stick a fork in me I'm done For Gods sake, is it because I don't believe If I did would I become the next big cheese I should fake it with the rest but not be blessed To choose another life has caused me strife Against all the odds you would think twice But I wouldn't have it any other way I wouldn't trade my day for one of your day And this is the reason why
4.
03:18
Your name it sort of rings a bell Reminds me of someone I once new but could never tell What it is to feel so long ago, and not know why I never thought it would feel like forever Waiting for Wednesday to come around It permeates my point of view I don't mind do you? Chorus I don't know where all your self doubt came from But now it's time to leave that behind Perspective flipped is all that you need now If you look from here it's oh so clear and it feels so easy to be, just to be me And I'd be inclined to stay this way I would sell all of my stuff That isn't mine to see you along the train line There's something about this place, enhances mundane activities
5.
Things they feel different lately I'm not sure but there's something more I'm not getting the looks that you throw me, your lips they tell me something's sore You can go about your business But you don't know a thing you see I've something up my sleeve that will tear away your hidden side I will go about my routine I don't understand a thing you see I'll sit here and tend my garden the flowers they still bloom for me I'm sick of the put up and shut up I twitch with anxiety But now that I'm growing stronger I will bloom no more for you Chorus You said we'd raise a family and now I'm getting dug up and all over T.V By the time I start to decompose you'll have your alibi so nobody knows I've bled through my only sweatshirt From now on I'll take my hand not yours You throw me a riddle, I crack it, to hack it you'd need to understand Now is my time, time to be free My brain is poised on the act The question's injection or poison the next time you eat maybe your last I don't recall being thirsty I don't retort to discover But now that my vision is cloudy it's now I seem to understand And now that there's no turning back I find a flicker of doubt and remorse The shovel will scoop through the earth and the flowers will always bloom for you
6.
I'm laconic for a phase In a pocket of time Later on it seems like a possession has taken place The number seems familiar Yet I cannot place the face Meaning to offend was not a part of the agenda Chorus Sometimes I find it hard to lay my soul out bare You wonder why it's hard when all you do is stand and stare You want an easy answer Well I guess that's fair And the answer is out there somewhere If acquaintance is fresh the next time you'll see a change You might like to tell me why or where the poisons origins Suggesting that it stems form youth Then i am likely to agree I wish I had control but I'll do it all again
7.
05:35
Definition's not the word I'd use Everyone in here is free to choose Maybe I'll rewire my brain Pull up and re-route my veins A flicker past the eye is all the same Whatever your name Chorus Whatever I breathe Whatever I drink Is sure to make me small entices verbal over me Whatever I bleed Whatever I take Emotional illiteracy is what I feel right now Yes I've read the back of the box Zero's and one's increasing fast Clinical it may just be, the pinnacle of what we see Although it doesn't hold that much for me So I'll just be
8.
06:10
So you turned 17 today It seems I passed that way Things are feeling differently than they did before It used to seem so clear Now it seems I need an ear a lot more that I did back then A magic picture is how I see the world at times Intriguing at first and then you see the real picture coming through I don't know how to take this common mask Driving around in circles doesn't seem all that fun to me Chorus Fuck this day You don't seem to come around much anymore I long for the way it used to feel, taking me by surprise So let's drink to youth, while it's here Forget the fountain it would probably make things worse anyhow I can't seem to catch my breath, these days Squeezing me on the inside I wish it would leave me alone If there's one thing I'm sure about, it's you It's shocking how beautiful life can be, taking you by surprise Chorus Love this day
9.
04:22
Watching these things as they appear I'm trying to sound sincere Which I am whole heartedly It started with a phone call and now you're throwing stones at my nerves Feel numb, don't feel much Chorus Don't wanna turn out like that And the things you go and do But I'm just like you I don't have a clue I don't wanna turn out like that And the people you go and do But I'm not like you I hope you get this clue Years have past through the hour glass There were times when it seemed okay That was talk being the wrong way I can't read you anymore it's zombie like all washed away I don't believe anything you have to say
10.
03:23
Lay it out on the table That's one for me Or maybe 2 or 3 That's the problem when you're spoilt for choice Or have it all the time Pass me another cigarette I'll control myself If I know it's for my health I will Chorus Great Minds think alike Or so I've heard Although it seems absurd to me Just a shot away from overkill Over indulge I will Uh oh, now you're suffering from with-drawl You're coming over all twitchy and unsettled I hate to tell you I told you so But now you're wearing unsuitable attire
11.
05:37
He chooses his attire carefully Welcomes a distraction happily Goes to take a walk not in the park Tries not to stare at the people who stare ARR ARR ARR She wears a floral dress covers up the chest Playfully walking down the street, he's watching Hand in hand with someone that's not him Reminding him that she is out of reach Weep creep, society frowns on your desires Chorus He's never loved someone like this This loves unrequited not to miss If he can only get her to come around She will see that he and her are meant to be Love, love is blind he keeps repeating this When did life become so irresistible A polaroid is all he has to view Now he feels he's sinking deeper still ARR ARR ARR 6 years away from his retirement It's wednesday and it's lunch time he can't keep away The school gates he approaches are the same bars he will see now and evermore

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released November 1, 2010

Produced and mixed by Topher Holland at Zool studios.
Except drums on tracks 1, 5, 8, 10 and 11, recorded at
Chairworks studios, Castleford, by James Mottershead.

Session Artists:
Alex Wibrew - Drums: tracks 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11
Mike Bedder - Drums: tracks 1, 5
Jess Cope - Vox: tracks 5, 6
Mike Frankel - Hammond Organ: tracks 1, 7, 8
Ndrew Allmark - Violin: track 4
Alex Beamont - Cello: track 6
Caroline Owen - Violin: track 6
Alex Eden - Harmonica: track 1
Kevin Gibbo - Low Flute: track 7
Angus Ward - Piano: track 6, Vox: track 8

Artwork by David Farrer

Zool Records 2010

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